Christopher Connell

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A $1 million prize for making smartphones possible

The computer industry shrugged when two engineering professors said they'd found a simpler way to make chips. But today 99 percent of smartphones and devices use their method, and they're $1 million richer.
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U.S. issues 10 millionth patent protecting inventors

President Trump has signed the 10 millionth U.S. patent, which went to an improved laser-detection method that could help pilot self-driving cars.
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United States leads world in humanitarian aid [infographic]

When wars, earthquakes, famine and other disasters strike and leave millions suffering, the United States is always the most generous country to respond with help.
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Foreign companies pull back from business with Iran

The renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran are prompting foreign companies to halt transactions with Iran. They don't want to lose U.S. business.
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Southern hospitality helps Japanese firm find Kentucky home

No country attracts more foreign investment than the U.S. A Japanese manufacturer found suitors aplenty at the SelectUSA Summit for its new plant and chose Kentucky.
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Future leaders prepare to tackle global challenges

Each year dozens of young change-makers put careers on hold to learn how U.S. nonprofits tackle global challenges. They return home more fired up and better prepared than ever.
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U.S.-brokered peace deals across the years

Over the past century, American presidents and secretaries of state have helped negotiate treaties to end wars in the Balkans and Sudan and moved countries from conflict to conciliation.
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Visit this oasis in Michigan for America’s ‘best baklava’

Riad Shatila never forgot the delicious pastries of his youth in Lebanon. Today the late Michigan baker's family still sells what's been called America's best baklava.
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Her mission is to connect the world

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, who's running for a leadership role in the International Telecommunication Union, is leading efforts to help people everywhere access the internet.